Musical melodies and harmonies hold the power to touch even the hardest of hearts. That’s one reason why musicians all over the world are on a constant lookout for ways to better their compositions. Incorporating modes in music is one of the best ways to do that.
What is the Theory of Modes?
The modal theory is the concept and key construction of the various types of modes. At the first glance, the modes of music seem very complex and difficult to understand, but if you dig a little deeper, it becomes simpler to grasp and interesting to use. As such, modes are just variations of the major scales. In other words, the major scales are basic forms derived from the modes of music. In fact, major and minor scales are synonyms for two of the modes that we will see below.
What are the Modes of Music?
Musical modes can be defined as an arrangement of intervals and tones in a fixed pattern for any given note. There are seven modes in music:
An easy way to remember the names of all the modes is by remembering that ‘I Dislike Philip, Like Mary And Lucy’.
Basics of Scales in Music
Before understanding the construction of modes in music, few concepts related to musical scales need to be understood.